Colour Challenge

colourful clothes hangingCan you wear ALL the colours at once? Put together an outfit that includes all the colours of the rainbow? Share a photo of your outfit with us on social media! You can tag us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter and use #PPLSummer2020


Songs and Rhymes

If You’re Wearing Red - Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you are wearing red, shake your head,
If you are wearing red, shake your head,
If you are wearing red,
Then please shake your head,
If you are wearing, red shake your head.

Repeat, naming a different colour for each verse; Blue, touch your shoe, Green, bow like a queen, Yellow, shake like Jello, Brown, turn around, Pink, give us a wink

Oh, Rainbow... - Tune: Oh, Christmas Tree

Oh, rainbow, oh, rainbow,
How lovely are your colours.
Oh, rainbow, oh, rainbow
How lovely are your colours.

Purple, red and orange, too,
Yellow, green and blue so true.
Oh, rainbow, oh, rainbow,
How lovely are your colours.

Colourful Resources

books about colour Creative Books

Check out our collection of colourful books and this collection of books on creativity.

technology icon Video

Drawing with Mark – Art instructional videos on Hoopla Digtial 

Mark Marderosian, hosts a children's television series produced to encourage kids to have fun while learning to draw! This unique, engaging and interactive series helps children of all ages discover the fun of creative learning.

paint icon Crafting

Get crafty with the newest digital resource - Creativebug! To get started create an account in Creativebug by opening the program through your browser. You will need your library card and PIN number. Once you have an account you can browse through the website or you can download the app for iOS or Android, log in using a web browser with your library card and enter PIN number.

LEGO heartLEGO Challenge

What is your favourite colour?  Build something amazing with only those coloured LEGO bricks.  Be sure to share your colour creations on social media using #pplbuilds

Crafts and Activities

We've rounded up some really fun, and colourful, crafts for you this week! Don't forget to share photos of your family crafting away on any of our social media channels. Please remember to tag us and use #PPLSummer2020 when you can 

Bath Paint Recipe for our young crafters 

This homemade bath paint recipe is great for your littlest crafters, especially the ones that make the biggest messes (but we think even your older kids might enjoy this craft). Once you have your paints ready, set your child(ren) up in the bath and when they are done, they can even help you clean up - it can be just as much fun wiping the colours away.

Magazine Rainbow Mosaic

Magazine Mosaic Rainbow craft for crafters of all ages

Spend some time looking through old magazines for pictures in a rainbow of colours. Find some red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple images to cut out and glue onto a piece of paper or cardboard in the shape of a rainbow.


Sharpie Tie Die Shirts for the older crafters 

If you've got an older child who's looking to try tie dying this summer, then check out the simple t-shirt sharpie tie die project from DIY Projects for Teens. Typical tie dying can be really messy and you don't always get to control what the shirt will look like in the end, but this puts the control back into the hands of the artist! 

S.T.E.A.M. Activities

Magic Milk Experiment

Magic Milk Experiment imageWhat you need

  • A shallow dish, bowl or paper plate
  • Milk - use either Whole or 2% milk
  • Food colouring
  • Dish soap


This really couldn't be easier. First pour some milk into your dish, add a few drops of food colouring until it looks colourful. Add a drop of dish soap to the centre of the milk and watch what happens - it's truly amazing!


Rainbow Tag

Family playing tagObject of the Game:  To avoid being caught by the rainbow catcher.

Set Up the Rainbow Tag Game:  Choose a “rainbow catcher” who will stand in the middle of a large play area. Next assign all the remaining players different colors of the rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. (Don’t let the rainbow catcher hear what colors each person is assigned.)

How To Play:  The rainbow catcher then calls out a color. All the players that have been assigned that color try and run past the catcher to the other side of the play area. The rainbow catcher tries to tag as many of children as they can before they reach the other side. The kids who are tagged become rainbow catchers and stand in the middle to help tag other players on the next round. Sometimes the rainbow catcher can yell “Rainbow!!” and all the players must try and reach the other side. The last person caught becomes the new rainbow catcher.

If you don't have enough people in your social bubble to play Rainbow Tag, give DIY Twister a try!


Rainbow Fruit Skewer Rainbow Fruit Skewers
This is such an easy and fun recipe that kids of all ages can participate in. All you need is  some colourful fruit like strawberries, clementines, pineapple, red and green grapes, and blueberries. You can use any fruit your family loves in the colours of the rainbow! Using some sort of stick (you could use skewers, popsicle sticks or even cake pop sticks) slide the fruit on in a rainbow pattern!

If you're looking for an even sweeter treat, try this Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe Cookies and Cups baking blog.

Family Literacy Tips and Tricks

Onomatopoeia Game – Ono Tomato -what?

Son and dad laughingAn onomatopoeia is a word that actually looks like the sound it makes, and you can almost hear the sound as you read them. Here are some words that are used as examples of onomatopoeia: zap, splash, bam, gurgle, swish and squelch. 

Cue the giggles - Take turns saying these words with your child. There are hundreds of such words and they are really fun to say, how many can you think of?